Visiting Speakers

Christina Iglesias

Graduate Student in English
Columbia University

Christina Iglesias is a graduate student in English at Columbia University. Her work focuses on modernism; fin de siècle; Victorian literature; Spanish and Latin-American modernism; and religion and literature.

Massimo Introvigne

Professor of Sociology of Religion
Pontifical Salesian University

Massimo Introvigne is an Italian sociologist and intellectual property consultant. He is the founder and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), an international network of scholars who study new religious movements.

Desmond Jagmohan

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics
Princeton Unicersity

Desmond Jagmohan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics at Princeton University. His work focurses on American Politics and Political Theory, specifically on the fields of African-American Political Thought, American Political Thought, History of Political Theory, Democratic Theory, Slavery and Modern Political Theory, Theories of Domination and Liberty, Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Henry Jenkins

Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California Annenburg

Henry Jenkins is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at University of Southern California Annenburg. As one of the first media scholars to chart the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content, Jenkins has been at the forefront of understanding the effects of participatory media on society, politics and culture. His research gives key insights to the success of social-networking websites, networked computer games, online fan communities and other advocacy organizations, and emerging news media outlets.

María José Contreras

Assistant Professor
School of Theatre at the Catholic University

María José Contreras is an Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre at the Catholic University in Chile, as well as an actress and theatre director.

Rex Jung

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
University of New Mexico

Rex Jung is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, a research scientist at the Mind Research Network, and a practicing clinical neuropsychologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He studies both brain disease and what the brain does well—a field of research known as "positive neuroscience."

E. Ann Kaplan

Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory
Stony Brook, State University of New York

E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory, and founding director of The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, now nearing its 25th Anniversary. She is Past President of The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, a member of the Executive Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group on Age Studies, and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Consumption, Markets, Culture and Humanities Research (The Journal published by the Humanities Institute at Australian National University, Canberra).

Serena Keshavjee

Associate Professor of Art History
University of Winnipeg

Dr. Serena Keshavjee is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg, where she coordinates the Art History program.